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PCORI Launches Community-Building “Pipeline to Proposal” Awards

Pilot program invites individuals, groups in western states to seek up to $15,000 in funding

For Immediate Release
Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute
Contact: Christine Stencel, PCORI Media Relations (202-570-9275 or cstencel@pcori.org)

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Oct. 15, 2013) – The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) today launched its “Pipeline to Proposal” awards, an initiative designed to encourage the development of partnerships and health research project ideas among individuals and groups not usually involved in such efforts.

The opportunity will begin with a pilot program offering individuals or small groups of patients, researchers, clinicians, and other healthcare stakeholders in 13 western states the chance to apply for “Tier I” awards of up to $15,000 each. PCORI will make up to 25 awards, which will provide seed money to support recipients’ interests in joining together to develop patient-centered research ideas around shared interests.

Proposals are being sought through a Request for Proposal (RFP) process. Responses are due Monday, Dec. 2.

The Pipeline to Proposal awards, an initiative born of suggestions made by patients and patient advocates at a workshop PCORI hosted in October 2012, are the first that will be made under the broader Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Awards program.

“Workshop participants suggested that PCORI offer small partnership development awards to build a ‘pipeline’ that would lead from the formation of communities of patients, other stakeholders, and researchers to the development of funding proposals based on mutual interests and needs and their acquisition of the requisite knowledge and skills,” said Anne Beal, MD, MPH, PCORI’s Deputy Executive Director and Chief Officer for Engagement. “We are excited about taking this initial step to build a national patient-centered research community from the local level up and to unite efforts of communities of interest at the national level.”

The pilot program is launching in the western region to gain experience and feedback that will help PCORI refine the Pipeline to Proposal awards. The 13 states in which individuals and groups may apply are Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming . PCORI will announce additional Tier I funding opportunities throughout the rest of the nation in early 2014.

To help manage the awards, PCORI has contracted with the nonprofit, Denver-based Colorado Foundation for Public Health and the Environment to serve as the Intermediate Funder for the pilot program. In this role, CFPHE will provide fiscal, programmatic, and operational services to the first group of Tier I awardees. PCORI plans to contract with additional Intermediate Funders as the program expands next year.

More information on the Pipeline to Proposal awards and the broader Engagement Awards program is available on PCORI’s website.



The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) is an independent, non-profit organization authorized by Congress in 2010. Its mission is to fund research that will provide patients, their caregivers and clinicians with the evidence-based information needed to make better-informed healthcare decisions. PCORI is committed to continuously seeking input from a broad range of stakeholders to guide its work. More information is available at www.pcori.org.